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Can hydrocortisone tablets interact with alcohol?

Can hydrocortisone tablets interact with alcohol?

They could: Steroid pills can irritate the lining of the stomach. Alcohol can do the same thing. ...Read more

Dr. Tony Willson
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Hydrocortisone (Definition)

Cortisone is a naturally produced hormone in the body, produced by the adrenal glands. It is often used as a potent medication for inflammatory disease. In serious cases, it is a "wonder" drug, and can be life saving. However, long and continuous use can cause many serious and uncomfortable side effects. Hydrocortisone is a topical skin variety and much ...Read more


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Where online can I get hydrocortisone tablets without a prior prescription?

Where online can I get hydrocortisone tablets without a prior prescription?

Not a good idea: Buying medicines online from unknown anonymous vendors is a dangerous practice. Obtaining and using prescription medications without a prescription is dangerous and probably illegal in most states. If one is attempting this purchase over the internet this may violate federal laws. ...Read more

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Why is it that a person should take hydrocortisone tablets with food or meals?

Why is it that a person should take hydrocortisone tablets with food or meals?

Stomach irritation: Hydrocortisone, or steroids in general, can be very irritating to the GI tract. Taking them with food can minimize problems like nausea, heartburn, and stomach pain. ...Read more

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I had a benign petuitary tumour removed in Dec 2013 and have been taking hydrocortisone tablets since. I want a tattoo but unsure if safe to get one.

I had a benign petuitary tumour removed in Dec 2013 and have been taking hydrocortisone tablets since. I want a tattoo but unsure if safe to get one.

No if my kid!: He faints with a simple needle stick. Without adrenal hormones, stress can cause circulatory collapse. With him, a tattoo is dangerous. Of course with most people just getting stuck with a needle is a minor stress, tolerated well and little risk. Extra steroids outside of the body are unlikely to do much INside the body if/when absorbed (10grm 1% creme...10 mg @most) also, I'd kill him. ...Read more

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Should an increase in petechiae be looked into when on hydrocortisone (cortef) tablets? Have had some for years but they are increasing in numbers.

Should an increase in petechiae be looked into when on hydrocortisone (cortef) tablets? Have had some for years but they are increasing in numbers.

Absolutely: I am going to assume that your health is stable and that you are not thrombocytopenic. If you actually have petechiae, they always deserve to be worked up; you want to know whether you have a capillary fragility syndrome. In the US, we have food faddists who give themselves scurvy; I trust Australians are more sensible. Cortef (hydrocortisone) makes capillaries more fragile. I'd get specialist consultation. ...Read more

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I was given hydrocortisone cream 1% & loratadine tablets, 10mg/antihistamine. Its been over 1 hour & the hives continue to appear & burn. Concerned?

I was given hydrocortisone cream 1% & loratadine tablets, 10mg/antihistamine. Its been over 1 hour & the hives continue to appear & burn. Concerned?

Hives treatment: It takes about 1 to 3 hours for Claritin (loratadine) to start working. If you still symptomatic and suffer this much, it is safe to take an extra one. Call your doctor if it does not go away later today. ...Read more

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Dr prescribed 2.5 MG hydrocortisone 3 x a day. I took the first dose at 4 this afternoon andnow have a dry cough. From pill? Dangerous or no big deal?

Dr prescribed 2.5 MG hydrocortisone 3 x a day. I took the first dose at 4 this afternoon andnow have a dry cough. From pill? Dangerous or no big deal?

Unlikely: At this dose, I'd doubt hydrocortisone causes any noticeable effects. At a much much higher dose, cortisone may worsen your reflux leading to a dry cough. I don't believe they are related. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about it's like to use a hydrocortisone pill, spray or lotion for allergies?

Hydrocortisone: Hydrocortisone is a steroid which is available over the counter in topical preparations like creams, ointments, and sprays. For rashes and hives, these topical preparations are fairly effective in helping the itch. Oral hydrocortisone is not available OTC and needs to be prescribed by a health care provider. It is not a first choice for allergies - try an oral antihistamine first. ...Read more

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